Corsham muscular expert qualifies for World Cup berth alongside England (From The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald)
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Corsham muscular expert qualifies for World Cup berth alongside England
11:00am Friday 25th October 2013 in News
As football fans across England start making plans for next year’s World Cup, Corsham osteopath Carl Todd knows he has his seat on the plane sorted.
Mr Todd, 43, will be joining the England squad for the competition, where he will provide muscular support for the likes of Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard.
As well as running the Carl Todd Clinic in Corsham, he spends two days a week working with Chelsea Football Club and has been part of the Football Association’s health support since 2005.
Last Wednesday he was on-hand at Wembley as the team secured qualification to the tournament in a 2-0 victory over Poland, his 98th international game.
He said: “There’s a lot of pressure going out to major tournaments. You work closely with the team and we have to work hard.
“I get on well with all the players, as you end up spending a lot of time with them.
“But you are still a professional and it’s important to keep your distance as part of the patient-practitioner relationship.”
Mr Todd has been to major tournaments in South Africa, Poland and Germany, as well as working with a host of other top-flight athletes.
He said: “At the last Olympics I worked with the men’s and women’s basketball team, which was a great experience.
“I probably wasn’t such a football fan when I first started, but the more I have been involved in it the more I have grown to enjoy it, as I get to see the same players as they come through the system.”
Mr Todd, who lives in Box with his wife and business partner Melanie and their three sons, will fly out to the team’s base in Brazil next year as part of an eight- person medical team.
He said: “There are two doctors, two physios, myself, and three masseurs.
“I don’t know how long we’ll be out there; we stay as long as the team does. You could be at a quarter-final in Brazil one day, and then be driving back down the A4 the next, but hopefully it will last a while this time.”
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